Baran, Catherina & John

Baran, Catherina & John


BARAN – Catherina Baran, beloved wife  for 64 years of John Baran, passed away  in Brooks on October 24th, 1998 at the  age of 88 years.

Born in Kobylnica, Western Ukraine on  November 10th, 1909 Catherina came to  Canada with her family homesteading in  the Foam Lake, Saskatchewan area. She  married on February 4th, 1934 and her  husband John was employed with the  CPR. They resided in numerous places in  Saskatchewan before coming to Patricia  in 1950. She resided there until entering  the Brooks Health Centre Long Term Care  unit in 1996. Mrs. Baran loved doing  handicrafts, especially needlework and  hand painting Easter Eggs. She was an  avid curler when health permitted and  enjoyed cards with her friends. She will be best remembered for the love she had for  her family; her love for children; her quiet, gentle compassion, her generosity and for  her sense of humor.

An infant daughter Marie, infant grandson Sean, her parents and brothers John,  Walter and Mikal predeceased Catherina.

Besides her cherished husband she is also survived by her loving children Olga  Reade and her husband Glenn of Westerose, Alberta, Lesia Sherwin and her husband  Bernie of Elk Point, Alberta and John Baran and his wile Shirley of Patricia;  grandchildren Maurianne (Craig), Dylan (Susan), Elan (Frank), Devin (Cindy),  Tamara, David, Lisa (Elbert), Kari (Dale) and Mark; great-grandchildren Andrew,  Darlene, Elizabeth, Elbert Jr. and Ellen; sisters Mary Kulik of Calgary and Phyllis Bell of  Winnipeg; brother Mike (Nettie) of Foam Lake and numerous nieces, nephews and  cousins.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th from Smith  Memorial Chapel. Father Mark Bayrock of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic  Church, Lethbridge officiated.

Pallbearers were David Sherwin, Mark Baran, Dylan Reade, Devin Reade, Dale  Wilson and Elbert Beekman. Interment followed at Brooks Cemetery.

In memory of Catherina if friends desire memorial tributes may be made to Griffin  Dreams, Box 2122, Brooks, AB. T1R 1C8. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral  Home. Telephone 362-4636.

Brooks Bulletin  October 28,1998    Roll 59  Image  717

BARAN- John Baran Sr. was born  on the 7th day of the 7th month  of the 7th year. Dad was looking  forward to his 100th birthday in  2007. He came to Canada in 1928  as a farm laborer, but soon joined the CPR, retiring after 42 years,  having worked in Saskatchewan  and Alberta. Dad was a multi  talented man; he could repair or  create. A resourceful man, strong,  resilient, independent and self  reliant, he was our “Rock”. He was  respected by family and friends,  and by the men who worked for him.  He believed in fairness and equality  for the common man, and strived  to improve working conditions for  his men. The Arts were also in  his life. An amateur actor in his  youth, he also played the violin  and accordion, much to the delight  of generations of children in our  family. His great grand children  will remember this, as well as the  Frisbee game they had with him on  his 99th birthday. Dad loved curling,  hockey and football his garden, and especially his family. His knowledge,  in particular of history, never ceased to amaze us. Yet, at 99, he was still  avid to learn more. Living at home until his entry into hospital, he was alert with an excellent mind to his passing. Dad enjoyed the independence  and freedom that he wanted. He was certainly an inspiration to all of us; a  principled man who stressed education and left us a legacy of character,  ability dependability fortitude and humor. An adventurer in youth, and an  anchor in age He was predeceased by Mom, his wife of 64 years, infant  daughter Marie infant grandson Sean Paul. He is survived by his sister  Rosie (Ukraine), 3 children, John (Shirley), Lesia (Bernie) and Olga (Glenn);  9 grandchildren, Lisa (Elbert) and Kari (Dale), and Mark; Tamara and David  Joel Maurianne (Craig) Dylan (Susan) Elan (Frank), Devin (Cindy). He also  leaves 11 great grandchildren, Andrew Darlene, Elizabeth and Elbert John;  Mackenzie and Stephen, Ellen and Amanda, Duncan and Clairissa, and  Katrina. Our sincerest gratitude to neighbors and friends for their kindness to  Dad over the years, To the nurses and doctors at Brooks Hospital, we can’t  thank you enough for your care and compassion. To dear “sister” Shirley,  words cannot sufficiently express our love and gratitude. You were not only  a daughter to Dad but also a friend. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM  on Wednesday, February 7th from Smith Memorial Chapel. Father Mark  Bayrock officiated. Active Pallbearers were Mark Baran, Dylan Reade, Devin  Reade, David Sherwin, Craig Maxwell and Dale Wilson. Interment followed  at Brooks Cemetery. In Memory of John, if friends desire, memorial tributes  may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation for Palliative  Care Bag 300 Brooks T1R 1B3 Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL  HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.

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